Clyde Primary School Newsletter
22nd December 2017
What a wonderful sight it was at our Carols Night on Wednesday, 20th December. It was terrific to see so many families having picnics on the oval and watch the excitement on children’s faces as they performed their carols. A big thank you to Kerri Lightowler for the hay bales and to Maurie Richardson for lending us the stage and to the Clyde CFA for bringing Santa to visit. Thank you also to Katherine and Mr T for the launch of the Clyde Community Band. If you would like to joining this band in 2018, please see Mr T, he is recruiting.
Congratulations Year 6 students. You are about to embark on the next phase of your education. The Clyde PS community wishes you the very best for your continued learning. Work hard and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Farewell!
Thank you to our Year 6 students and Ms Steckyj who have created a wonderful piece of art on the end wall of the Multi -Purpose Room as a legacy to the class of 2017. Well done everyone, it looks amazing!
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing the students, parents and staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your contributions and for your support of our wonderful school.
What a year 2017 has been!
We have many things to look back on and celebrate, including events such as the Clyde Show, the Colour Run, Swimming Carnival and more recently our Carol’s Night. Our enrolments are growing with new housing estates popping up around us, and with the delivery of some new buildings in 2017, there has been extensive work on our buildings and grounds.
Our students have had a successful year of learning also, with many students showing enormous growth on their end of year reports. In particular, our Foundation students have had a terrific first year of schooling and will now be looking forward to extending this next year.
School Council Report 2017
School Council has had a busy year, meeting twice a term. This year we have been reviewing many of our school policies to make sure that they are in line with current expectations. We have discussed and approved various school excursions, incursions, camps and community events.
One of the highlights for School Councillors is hearing ideas from our students through Student Voice about what they want for our school.
School Council approved the location of our new portable classrooms and the renovations of The Rose sensory garden. We have analysed the results from our FlexiBuzz Community Survey and have made recommendations based on these responses.
The School Colour Fun Run was approved by School Council and proved to be a great success. We have made decisions about how the funds raised will be spent, watch this space for more details!
Finally, School Council would like to thank all of our wonderful staff and previous/new School Council members, at Clyde Primary School for all their hard work through the year. Our teachers and administrators are undoubtedly our biggest assets.
We wish those staff and families who are leaving us all the very best for 2018. We are looking forward to continuing to work with staff, children and the rest of our community in 2018.
Goodbyes and Hellos
Four of our staff at Clyde have taken up an opportunity to teach at another school next year. It is beneficial for staff to experience different schools over their career building on their knowledge and developing further best practice in teaching. I would like to congratulate and thank Mr Doug Pumpa, Mr Fraser Selby and Ms Beth Blake for their valuable contributions to the Clyde School community over the last few years (4 for both Beth and Fraser and 8 for Doug) and wish you well in your new school.
Mr Nick Schneider has been appointed to Baxter Primary School as Acting Principal for Term 1, 2018. Congratulations Nick. We wish you well in this promoted role.
Finally, Ms Claudia Steckyj is taking an extended period of Leave in 2018. Ms Sharon Diehl will be replacing Ms Steckyj and Ms Caren Gibson will be a new friendly face in the administration area from the start of 2018. We know that Claudia will be on standby to lend assistance to our Admin Team when required.
Best wishes and thank you to our departing families.
New to Clyde PS are five new staff; Ms Kellie Davis and Mr Steven Dissegna (Middle School- Year 3 / 4), Ms Alexandra King and Ms Rebecca Atkins (Senior School – Years 5 / 6). Mr James Kerr will be filling in as Teacher Aide in Term 1. I know that you will join me in welcoming them and look forward to them joining the Clyde Team.
A huge thank you to all parents who completed the Community Partnerships survey. The purpose of the survey was to continue building positive partnerships with our school community and to receive effective feedback on our current communication channels. We received some wonderful feedback about key areas such as:-
- Teaching Programs
- Individual Learning Plans
- Teachers being present, dedicated, caring and approachable
- Teachers having high expectations
- Successful community events such as Clyde Show
- The positive ways parents/guardians are helping with student learning at home
- Various extra curricula activities and a range of specialist subjects to appeal to student interests
- Wellbeing programs such as Circle Time
- Staff undertaking Professional Development
Initial changes to be made:-
- Online ordering for the canteen
- Information on extra activities for learning at home as of 2018
- Suggestions about possible community events to be taken into consideration fro 2018.
There were some responses requesting that staff distribute their personal email addressed to parents / guardians. We understand that emailing is quick and easy and note that parents / guardians are welcome to email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org marked attention to your child’s teacher and this will be forwarded on to the teacher. Your child’s teacher will respond accordingly.
Your feedback will be presented to staff and the Community Partnerships team will continue to work with feedback and recommendations in 2018. We acknowledge the important role parents/guardians play in teaching and learning and we are committed to continuing to meet the needs of our growing school community.
Buildings and Grounds Report
Over the holiday period, our handyman Steve will be spending some time cleaning the outside of our buildings and re-staining our decked areas. He will also be completing some minor paint works around the school.
We are currently seeking approval from region to connect our student toilet block to town sewerage, hopefully this will happen over the holiday period, if not, in the near future.
Over the past few days, a number of staff members have been moving furniture and personal items into their new classrooms and office spaces in preparation for 2018.
2018 – a new year
On January 29th and 30th our teachers and Education Support Staff will be participating in professional learning at school. We will be setting our goals and expectations for the year, planning as a whole staff as well as in professional Learning Teams and preparing for another year of learning for our students. Students from Year 1 to 6 start school on Wednesday, 31st January and our Foundation students will begin on Thursday, 1st February.
School Structure for 2018
Foundation Professional Learning Team: Ms Ashlea Hickey (PLT Coordinator), Ms Naomi Lemos, Ms Alyssa Naughton, Ms Sue Lumley (Digital Technologies Coordinator).
Junior Team Professional Learning Team: Ms Rebecca Forester (PLT Coordinator), Ms Kate Brittain (English Leader), Ms Sophie Foden (Maths Leader), Ms Jess Heitch, Ms Sharon Barker, Ms Allie McQueen.
Middle Professional Learning Team: Ms Amanda Cecil (PLT Coordinator), Ms Pattie Chester, Mr Steven Dissegna, Ms Kellie Davis
Senior Professional Learning Team: Mr Ben Ahern (PLT Coordinator), Ms Jessica Hamilton (Wellbeing Coordinator), Ms Alex King, Ms Bec Atkins
Specialist Team: Mr Jerry Trzeciak (Digital Technologies School Improvement Leader/ PLT Coordinator), Ms Nikki Elston ( Music/ Performing Arts F-2). Ms Amanda Ferguson (P.E), Ms Mel Ray (LOTE), Ms Narelle Steckyj (Art).
Teaching and Learning: Ms Emma Scott (PLT School Improvement Leader), Ms Tegan Williams (Pedagogy School Improvement Leader), Ms Beryl Campbell (classroom support/ integration)
Wellbeing: Ms Hayley Taylor (Wellbeing School Improvement Leader)
ES Professional Learning Team: Ms Caren Gibson (PLT Coordinator) Ms Karen Carpenter, Ms Sherelle Browne, Ms Leanne Waters, Ms Karen McBride, Ms Kerri Horrocks, Mr James Kerr
Administration: Ms Sharon Diehl (Business Manager), Ms Sue Miles, Ms Caren Gibson
Assistant Principal: Ms Michelle Mackenlay
Principal: Ms Fiona Pratt
As the school year comes to an end it is beneficial to reflect with your child on the year that has been and what have been the highlights and the successes this year. Let them celebrate the highs and acknowledge the challenges from the year. Then allow them to enjoy their holidays as a time to relax and enjoy, ready to start fresh next year.
Holidays are also a time to be vigilant about safety, not only around the road and water but also cyber safety. When it comes to online safety here are some tips to assist in keeping children safe:
*Talk to your children regularly about what online sites they are accessing and ensure they ask you if they are unsure of anything. It is beneficial to make a household rule about using technology in main living areas only.
*Check the laws of each site your child is accessing before allowing them to continue. Many sites require children to be 13+ before registering an account (Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, Snapchat)
*Ensure children are keeping their personal information private and not giving out this information to others online
*Don’t publish anything online that you wouldn’t want friends, family, teachers or future employees to see. Once it is online for all to see it can still be accessed, even if you delete it.
*Be polite and respectful online just as you would in real life. Treat others how you want to be treated.
*Place time limits on technology. Encourage students to go outdoors, to the park and explore. This will give them experiences to talk about when they come back to school.
Remember to stay safe and relax over these holidays so you are rejuvenated and ready for 2018.
Year 6 Graduation
Last Thursday our Year 6 students had their official graduation ceremony at the Cranbourne Racing Centre.
The night was a wonderful celebration for our 36 graduating students, who were presented on the night. The ceremony included some sharing of memories and journeys throughout the students’ primary schooling. We wish all of our Year 6 students the best of luck for secondary school.
This Term we have been extremely busy! Our inquiry topic has been health which has allowed us to learn some amazing things and participate in a fantastic incursion! We started the term with Catching on Early where we learned all about puberty. We got to attend the Smoothie Bar incursion where we got to plan, design, produce, pitch and sell healthy smoothies!
On top of this, the Year 5s began writing the script for the 2018 school production. We have been brainstorming and planning a scene about the future! There were some very creative, exciting (and crazy ideas). All students are very excited to have a main role in the production next year.
Whilst the Year 5s have been busy writing the script for the production, the Year 6 students have been preparing to graduate! We have been making scrapbooks (digital and physical), writing and practising speeches and reflecting on our primary school years and the good times had by all at Clyde Primary School.
With graduation comes transition to Secondary School, all of the Year 6 students have now participated in transition sessions at their 2018 Secondary Schools. All students are incredibly excited and came back to school with lots of stories about their teachers and new found class mates. Whilst we are very sad to see them leave and wish they could stay at Clyde forever, we know that they are all ready and well equipped to start their next adventure as Secondary School students (that will come back to visit us… hint hint!!)
With Term 4 (and 2017) coming to an end, we can’t help but reflect on what a fantastic year it has been for the Senior School; brand new portables, leadership roles and opportunities, Lightning Premiership, Waratah Bay Beach Camp, Toast Masters, Clyde Show, The Smoothie Bar, hosting assemblies, Clyde TV, 2018 production preparation, The Colour Run and Graduation. It has been an amazing year for both students and teachers and we are sad to see it end.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and their families for your support, involvement and partnerships to ensure our senior students were able to achieve the best they could be this year. On behalf of the Senior PLT, we would like to wish all families a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
Miss Hamilton, Miss Forester, Mr Pumpa, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Carpenter and Mrs Browne.
What a great day we had for our annual Swimming Carnival. The students enjoyed competing for their house and having some time on the water slides. The staff race was very competitive with Mr Pumpa coming home strong to win the ribbon.
Well done to everyone that participated and a special thank you to all of our parent helpers.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available Mid February 2018.